Join our 4 -week course where we’ll explore the rich world of karakia (prayers) and pūrakau (legends) in Te Ao Māori (the Māori world). We will also learn how to express ourselves in Te Reo Māori in Christian prayer (inoi).

Course Highlights:

  • Traditional Karakia: Immerse yourself in the chants that honour the land, the ancestors, and the divine. Each week, we’ll examine a karakia and understand its significance in responding to God’s revelation in nature.

  • Traditional Pūrakau: Learn about the atua (gods/guardians) and their significance in pūrakau or legends. What lessons can we learn from pūrakau for the modern world?

  • Christian Inoi: Discover how to pray Christian prayers in Te Reo Māori. We’ll cover essential phrases and expressions, explore the Bible for inspiration and enable you to create your own prayers.

  • Pronunciation: Learn how to pronounce your prayers accurately.

  • Create Your Own Prayer: By the end of the course, you will have composed a simple, personal prayer in Te Reo Māori.

Course Details:

  • Dates and Time: Tuesday evenings—July 23, 30, August 6, 13, from 7 pm to 9 pm.

  • Location: Tui Room, St Barnabas Centre, 8 Tui Street, Fendalton.

  • Tutor: Gavin Kingsley

  • Prerequisites: No prior Te Reo knowledge is assumed.

  • Class size: Limited to 12 participants.

  • Koha (Donation): Appreciated but not mandatory.

Come and join us on this enriching journey. Kōroria ki te ingoa tapu o te Ariki!

To register contact Gavin at

By Andy Dickson